Dear Senator McCain,
I know you're a very busy man, what with trying desperately to become President before you die or the Apocalypse overtakes us (whichever comes first), but I have a question for you.
Are you completely fucking nuts?
This little gem popped up yesterday on the blog DailyKos. It's from an article Senator McCain wrote for Contingencies, the journal of the American Academy of Actuaries (September/October 2008 edition), and it's about health care reform. To refresh your memory, I'll give you the quote that everyone should know by now:
“Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation.”
"Over the last decade in banking."
Your words, Senator, not mine.
I am reminded that you were at the heart of the Savings and Loan collapse of the 1980s as well as the only unpunished member of the Keating Five. You are trying to portray yourself as a change agent in Washington, despite having voted with the GOP (if not straight party line) 90% of the time on average over the past 26 years.
You helped your friend and economic adviser, Senator Phil Gramm of Texas (what the hell is it with Texan politicians, anyway? Are they ALL idiots?) revoke the Glass-Steagal Act in the 1990s, and helped encourage the banks and other financial institutions in our country to go hog-wild and bull-crazy.
Which has brought us to this sorry moment in American history.
Thanks, in part, to you, Senator McCain.
If you were the "Maverick" you have often claimed to be ... well, let that pass. If wishes were horses, we'd all be eating cheap horseflesh.